Michael Murnane

Michael Murnane (Artistic Director) has worked in many aspects of film making, theater, design and teaching. Michael has been designing, sculpting characters and sets in the film, television, video game and toy industry for over ten years.

After graduating in 1992 with an Illustration degree from Long Beach State he began freelance Illustration, sculpting toys and moved back to the bay area. Here he found more character sculpture work on Bump in the Night, a stop motion animation kids show that ran on ABC Saturday mornings for two years. He later moved on to Industrial Light and Magic where he sculpted maquettes, made models, and/or designed props on films such as Frankenstein, The Mummy, Galaxy Quest and Star Wars Episode I. This led to more character design work on Star Wars Episode 2 where he worked in the art department at Skywalker Ranch designing cooks, jedis, bounty hunters and creatures of all shapes. He continued character sculpture at Pacific Data Images (Shrek) for a new film, Madagascar, and was back on Star Wars recently designing characters for Star Wars Episode III.